Sir David Muirhead Bone wash drawing of Portscatho

The Scottish painter and printmaker, Muirhead Bone, specialised in architectural 
subjects, and loved to depict buildings in states of construction, restoration or 
demolition. As a result, he made a good choice for the first Official War Artist, and 
was able to capture a range of environments affected by the uncertain conditions 
of combat.
The fourth of eight children of a journalist, Muirhead Bone was born at 1a Hamilton 
Terrace West, Partick, near Glasgow, on 23 March 1876. An early architectural 
training gave him a deep structural knowledge of what would become the best 
known subject matter of his paintings and prints. For he soon devoted himslf to fine 
art, taking evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art under Archibald Kay. He 
began to exhibit at the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts in 1897 and, three years 
later, just before his move to London, first showed at the Royal Academy. He was 
elected to the New English Art Club in 1902, and also became a member of the 
International Society and the Society of Twelve. He made a particular mark as a 
topographical etcher and, accompanied by his wife, Gertrude Dodd, made extensive 
tours of Britain and Europe in search of suitable motifs. He produced a number of 
books with etched illustrations for which Gertrude provided the texts. As a comple-
ment to the strong contrasts of his prints, his watercolours have a lightness and 
delicacy. During both the First and Second World Wars, he produced some of his 
best work as an Official War Artist: on the Western Front and with the fleet (1916- 18); 
for the Admiralty (1940-43). In the latter part of his career, he acted as a trustee for 
the National Gallery, Tate Gallery and Imperial War Museum, and received a number 
of honours: he was knighted (1937) and became an honorary member of the Royal 
Institute of British Architects (1937), the Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colours 
(1943) and the Royal Scottish Academy (1951). He died at Grayflete, Ferry Hinksey, 
Oxford, on 21 October 1953. He was the father of the artists, Stephen and Gavin Bone.
His work is represented in numerous public collections, including the Imperial War 
Museum and Tate; The Hunterian (University of Glasgow); and the Art Institute of 
Chicago and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
This is a delicate monochrome wash drawing of Portscatho harbour in Cornwall 
signed in pencil Muirhead Bone 1910. (The 1910 is under the mount edge to hide
light stain on right edge of paper)
Image showing 170x108mm, mounted in gilt frame size 300x245mm
Price: £185.00
Artist : 
Sir David Muirhead Bone
SKU: N10296